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Iain Matthews mostly does solo gigs in the UK, with occasional duo gigs – alongside either Dutch jazz pianist, Egbert Derix, or original Plainsong member Andy Roberts.
He has been known, less frequently, to recreate Matthews Southern Comfort outings. An Iain Matthews set features old and new songs. after many 'quiet' years Iain recorded a solo album The Art of Obscurityin 2014 and then in 2015 a new Plainsong album with Andy Roberts: Reinventing Richard: The Songs of Richard Farina. Iain and Andy will be take it on a short tour in summer 2016, accompanied by songs from the full lifespan of Plainsong.
Meanwhile Iain is available for solo gigs at clubs, venues and festivals throughout the year - a show which features songs old and new. Plus, it's only a short ferry ride from his Netherlands home.
Plainsong was first conceived and formed by Iain Matthews and Andy Roberts, in 1972. After a successful album, In search of Amelia Earheart, the group disbanded and Iain moved to California. Fast forward to 1993 and miraculously, Plainsong was reborn and instrumentaist supreme, Mark Griffiths was added to the lineup. Later Julian Dawson and Clive Gregson would come and go from the Plainsong line up. More than 20 years later, the passion and urgency to record and tour still remains and Plainsong 's new Reinventing Richard album, released in September 2015 may well be their best yet. Iain and Andy Roberts are touring as PLainsong in July 2016.
Iain Matthews mini biography
Iain first gained attention as a founding member of and vocalist for the innovative Fairport Convention’s first three albums, changing the face of folk music in this country. He moved on to create Matthews' Southern Comfort, exploring his interest in American music. They had a No. 1 hit in the UK with Joni Mitchell’s Woodstock. Never one to stand still for very long Iain moved on again during the 1970s with another group, Plainsong an ensemble that allowed Iain to blossom as a song writer and acoustic guitarist - supported by his ex-Fairport mates Sandy Denny and Richard Thompson both in the studio and in Richard’s case on tour. Between his own solo recording and various Plainsong line-ups Iain released ten albums to critical acclaim including another well known Top Ten US hit with the single, Shake It.
During the early 1980s Matthews turned towards the business side of music as a rep for Island Records, but was persuaded by Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin to get back to making music. So, back to the USA for more solo work and Plainsong records. During this period he recorded a wonderful version of Peter Gabriel’s, “Mercy Street”, contributed to a Phil Ochs’s tribute album and recorded plus toured with Nanci Griffith. Next he released another respected record with the somewhat sarcastic title, Excerpts from Swine Lake.
In 2000 Matthews settled in The Netherlands and found a busy, happy life in Europe with more touring of the UK and Continent. Yet more well received collaborative recording were issued including a tribute album to Sandy Denny. Since then Matthews has found one of his most sympathetic musical companions the pianist, Egbert Derix. However, Matthews feels he has finally found an almost perfect musical sweet spot, playing solo, in support of his most recent solo album The Art of Obscurity.
As his 50 years in the business prove, things do come around again and again....and Iain Matthews, guitar in hand and songs springing from his muse, is available for bookings.
For bookings contact Dave Boardman,
Tel 01422 844091 / 07846 653843
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